Michelle CorraoExecutive Director
Michelle began serving at The O’Connor House January of 2020. She is responsible for overseeing and supporting the organization’s vision, mission, and execution of the strategic plan. She has 18 years’ experience of working in a nonprofit organization providing services for victims of crime and abuse.
Susan BarrettHouse Director
Susan has been a part of The O’Connor House since 2014. She graduated from Marian University with a degree in Elementary Education. She spent a short time teaching in Indianapolis, and not long after, was home raising her and her husband’s 5 children for many years. Along with feeling called to the pro-life mission, Susan enjoys working with the women to help them become the best they can be.
Joan EicherDatabase Manager
Joan is responsible for managing our development database. She has been with The O’Connor House as an employee since May of 2019, but has volunteered since 2007. Outside of work, Joan enjoys playing tennis and traveling with her husband and friends.
Tia has been serving part-time at The O’Connor House since 2014. Her responsibilities include maintaining the day-to-day financial records of the organization and overseeing the payroll functions. She earned her B.A. in Accounting from Indiana University, Bloomington. She lives in Carmel with her husband John and spends most of her time raising her six children.
Samantha PriceDirector of Social Work
Samantha has been with The O’Connor House since Summer 2021. She serves as the Director of Social Work and Event Coordinator for the House. The Director of Social Work entails working individually with each resident on their goals, providing supervision for house managers, creating connections with other organizations within the community, and providing clinical guidance for the residents and house as a whole. The Event Coordinator position entails planning and coordinating The O’Connor House’s fundraisers and events. Samantha graduated from Purdue University in 2020 with a B.S. in Human Services and most recently graduated from Indiana University School of Social Work in 2022 with her Master of Social Work. Samantha has always dreamed of combining her passion for ministry, career in social work, and love for event planning into one job, so The O’Connor House is the perfect fit for her!
Katherine ShepardCommunications and Community Engagement Coordinator
Katherine began working for The O’Connor House in the Spring of 2019 and serves as the Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator. She enjoys sharing the stories of the women and children we serve through our social media, newsletters, and website. She also writes grant proposals, onboards new volunteers, and attends outreach events to share our mission with the community. She received her B.A. in Public Relations and Marketing from The University of Dayton and her M.S. in Health Education from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Micah WaltonAssistant House Director and Intake Coordinator
Micah has been a big fan and supporter of The O’Connor House ever since she first learned of the organization and their mission to help women. She has enjoyed volunteering in several different roles throughout the years, prior to working on staff. Making a playroom out of the once-concrete basement, preparing food for an event at the home, and bringing her teenage daughter along to babysit the babies are a few of her favorite memories.
As of spring 2019, Micah works as a House Manager and as our Intake Coordinator. She loves working daily with the women in the house, offering them each encouragement and support to reach their goals and be the best mom for their child(ren). She also loves being able to connect with the potential new residents prior to coming to The O’Connor House and sharing about our program and ministry.
Outside of the house, Micah is a wife and a mom to 3 children of her own. She has been involved in many ministries at her church, such as teaching Sunday school, MOPS, Central American mission trips, and small group fellowship. On her perfect day you would find her enjoying sunshine and water sports at the lake with family, friends, good food, and a good book.
Tonya BakerHouse Manager
Tonya has been at The O’Connor House since July 2019 and enjoys working with the girls to help guide and love on them while working on life skills, boosting their confidence and encouraging them to be strong, independent, kind and loving young women and mothers.Tonya was given up for adoption as a baby, living in one foster home until adopted into that family. Her grandparents fostered over 400 children over a span of 40 years. As she grew older she would often help her grandmother with the babies and children that came through their home, and had this tug towards wanting to help those in need in some capacity.
Tonya is married and resides in Carmel with two amazing sons, one on the Autism spectrum and one who’s struggled with major depression and anxiety since the age of 10. The skills and tools she’s obtained over the years with her sons and her family upbringing along with her faith have set a firm foundation for her to have a passion for those who enter The O’Connor House.
In her spare time Tonya loves music, home decor and is an artist, donating several paintings to silent auctions benefiting charities such as Childhood Cancer, Same As U and Telos Residential Treatment Center in Utah.
Linda BunnerHouse Manager
Linda began working for The O’connor House in the Fall of 2014 upon moving to Indianapolis and serves as a House Manager. She has worked at various crisis pregnancy homes for the last 20 years, serving teens and adult women. Linda graduated from Charis Bible College with a 2-year Associates Degree and a 3rd year in leadership/counseling. Linda enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and decorating. She has 4 children and 17 grandchildren.
Patti BurnsDonations Coordinator
Patti Burns has been serving at the house for 2.5 years. Her position as House Manager/Donation Coordinator gives her the ability to serve the women while doing what she loves.
Barb FieldsHouse Manager
Barb began working at The O’Connor House in 2019. She loves to share God’s word with the women and to remind them of His beautiful plan for their lives. Barb brings a loving presence to the home and so much joy to the residents and staff.
Susan HuesingHouse Manager
Susan started working for The O’Connor House in the Fall of 2018. Her job entails helping to transport the women to their appointments, school and jobs, as well as answering the door, phones, and receiving donations. Susan enjoys using her educational background to teach the women about nutrition, cooking and feeding their infants, but most of all, she enjoys encouraging the women to be the best individual they can be during their stay at the house. She is a Registered Dietitian and received her B. A. in Food & Nutrition from Purdue University. When not helping at The O’Connor House, she enjoys spending time with her family, walking, cooking, being outdoors and traveling. She resides in the Westfield area with her husband, daughter and son.
Andrea JoinesHouse Manager
Andrea first volunteered at The O’Connor House in 2010 and became a House Manager in 2012. Since then she has enjoyed serving the women and their children and helping to empower them to create better futures for themselves and their families.
Sarah WoodHouse Manager
During a summer of service in Phoenix, AZ, Sarah worked for a non-for-profit that served women and children and quickly fell in love with the work. She asked God to open doors for her so she could continue the work in the Indianapolis area. She was soon hired by The O’Connor House as a House Manager in August of 2019. She graduated from Marian University in May of 2020 with a B.A. in Pastoral Leadership and Spanish. While at Marian, Sarah had a special devotion for pro-life ministries and served as a board member for their pro-life club. She enjoys volunteering for her church, spending time with family and friends, watching Colts football, and loving on her dog Peyton (yes, named after Peyton Manning!)